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Don’t Mumble


How dedicated are you to using a Bluetooth microphone with your phone? Are you dedicated enough to drill a small hole in your teeth to install a tiny mic? Well, if so, here’s one for you.


Look in the corner of her mouth.


March 31, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Don’t Mumble

Does your credit card number end in 666?

credit cards satanic

A Russian doomsday cult sheltering in a bunker say credit cards and food packaging bar codes are satanic, the official negotiating the release of children from the group said on Monday. Around 30 followers, including four children, from across Russia and neighboring Belarus met last October and barricaded themselves into a hillside to escape an apocalypse their preacher says is looming in either April or May.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | People | 2 Comments

Look for the one-armed man

Crocodile stolen

A thief walked unnoticed out of a Norwegian aquarium carrying a crocodile at the weekend and now risks losing a finger or two, the head of the aquarium said on Monday.”I think whoever did this knew what they were doing,” Bergen aquarium director Kees Oscar Ekeli told Reuters, suggesting the young crocodile was smuggled out in a bag during the busiest hours on Saturday.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Look for the one-armed man

Going down?



A German town is subsiding after authorities drilled underground to harness “green” energy.

Staufen, in the Black Forest, was proud of its innovative geothermal power plan that was supposed to provide environmentally-friendly heating. But only two weeks after contractors drilled down 460ft to extract heat, large cracks have appeared in buildings as the town centre has subsided about a third of an inch (8mm).

The baroque town hall, the main church, two schools and more than 64 other buildings in the historic centre were severely affected. Experts said buildings in the outer part of the town had risen by a similar amount.


More about Staufen Staufen is a pretty little town in a beautiful valley. Check it out at the link.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels | Comments Off on Going down?

And I thought Starbuck’s was expensive

 £90k cappuccinos


A businesswoman drank four cappuccinos in Heathrow’s troubled Terminal 5 – and was hit with a £360,000 bill. Terri Patsalides, 59, who was waiting to meet a traveller, was handed the huge print-out at the Giraffe Juice Bar.

She told The Sun: “The baggage delay was so long I finished off four coffees. When I got the print-out I told the waitress that although they were very nice, I thought £90,000 a cup was a bit over the top. She went bright red when she saw my bill was £361,514.97 and said it should have been £12.”

…A Giraffe Juice Bar worker said: “It was just a glitch on the computer system. The bill was cancelled and everyone had a laugh.”

March 31, 2008 Posted by | coffee, computer | Comments Off on And I thought Starbuck’s was expensive

‘Ere, now, ‘Arry. Let’s ‘ave another gander at them plans…

bath in kitchen, loo on balcony

A Brighton flat is on the market with a bath in the kitchen and the only toilet on the balcony. The property in Hanover Street, Brighton, one of the most unusual in the country, is expected to fetch between £100,000 and £130,000 at auction next month.

…It also features the original outside loo on the balcony, which is the only one that serves the flat.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on ‘Ere, now, ‘Arry. Let’s ‘ave another gander at them plans…

How do you handcuff a bull?

Bull jailed

Residents of a town in southern Mexico have thrown a bull in jail. People in Canalumtic say the bull devoured their corn crops and destroyed two wooden shops, reports Metro.

Police commander Felipe Gomez said the bull would not be released until the owner pays damages, to be determined by a local judge.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on How do you handcuff a bull?

Quote of the day

“At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.”

PG Wodehouse

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Quotes | Comments Off on Quote of the day

Thomas Edison wasn’t first

 More at InformationWeek

A group of researchers has played what is thought to be the oldest recording of a human voice.

The recording played Thursday predates Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph (previously thought to have recorded the first sound) by 17 years. It captured about 10 seconds of the French folksong “Au Clair De La Lune” on April 9, 1860.

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville recorded the voice by using a “phonautograph” to scratch sound waves onto a sheet of paper covered in black smoke from an oil lamp. He never intended to play the sounds. Instead, he archived the recording and patented a method for understanding sound. Researchers recently unearthed the recording at the Academy of Sciences (French) in Paris.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | cool stuff, technology | Comments Off on Thomas Edison wasn’t first

Crime tip: Don’t steal cars in Surrey, BC

Link to Wired

Surrey, BC, Canada. the car stealing capital of Canada with 8000 thefts in 2003, is getting a new reputation as a bad place to steal a car thanks to the efforts of the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team and Detective Scott Smith’s bait car program.

When a thief steals the bait car Big Brother has his eye on you, literally and figuratively, with sensors linked to GPS with cell phones sending telemetry on door opening, ignition being turned on and speed and direction of travel. ..and just for fun, they can kill the engine, honk the horn and even lock and unlock the doors, all while recording real time audio and video.

Oh, yeah. Did I mention that car theft in Surrey is down 50%?

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Cars, Crime | Comments Off on Crime tip: Don’t steal cars in Surrey, BC

Don’t mess with old Marines…Semper Fi!

San Jose Mercury News

A boy in his mid-teens learned Wednesday afternoon that it is not a good idea to try to rob a former U.S. Marine at knifepoint, even if the former Marine is 84 years old, police said today.

Santa Rosa police Sgt. Steve Bair said that’s what happened around 2 p.m. in the 1600 block of Fourth Street. The elderly man was walking with a grocery bag in each arm when the boy approached him with a large knife, Bair said.

The boy said, “Old man, give me your wallet or I’ll cut you,” Bair said. The man told the boy he was a former Marine who fought in three wars and had been threatened with knives and bayonets, Bair said.

The man then put his bags on the ground and told the boy that if he stepped closer he would be sorry. When the boy stepped closer, the man kicked him in the groin, knocking him to the sidewalk, Bair said. The ex-Marine picked up his grocery bags and walked home, leaving the boy doubled over, Bair said.

The man reported the attempted robbery to police 45 minutes later.


Had to put his groceries away first.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook, People | Comments Off on Don’t mess with old Marines…Semper Fi!

Stand tall(er)

Herald Sun

For diminutive men such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, famously overshadowed by his wife Carla Bruni, a pair of stack heels used to be the only way to stand tall. But a surgeon has devised a new way of adding up to 5cm to a persons height by inserting a silicone head implant.

During a 90-minute operation, an incision is made in the side of the head and the implant squeezed in between the skull and the scalp. Dr Luis de la Cruz developed the procedure to help people who would normally be too short for jobs with a minimum height.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, medicine, People | Comments Off on Stand tall(er)

Assignment: Write 1000 words explaining “irony”.

More at MySA.com

It seemed like an honorable goal: Draft an honor code for University of Texas at San Antonio students to follow, exhorting them not to cheat or plagiarize.

But when students threw a draft of the new honor code onto the Internet for feedback, some noticed a problem: Parts of the code appeared to have been lifted word for word from another school’s honor code, without attribution. Even the definition of plagiarism was, well, plagiarized.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Assignment: Write 1000 words explaining “irony”.

Another mystery solved

More mysteries at the Daily Mail

Around 90 per cent of the world’s population is right-handed, and it is easier for right-handers to button shirts from the right. So why do women’s garments button from the left?

This is an example in which history seems to matter. When buttons first appeared in the 17th century, they were seen only on garments of the wealthy. At that time it was the custom for rich men to dress themselves and for [rich] women to be dressed by servants. [Since most servants were right handed, it was easier for thrm to button clothing from their right and therefor from the lady’s left]

March 29, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Another mystery solved



March 29, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Oooops!!

Give me your best shot! I can take it…maybe


March 29, 2008 Posted by | medicine, People | Comments Off on Give me your best shot! I can take it…maybe

Sorry, there’s no refrigerator in the coat check room. (Thanks, Carrie.)

I recently recieved this picture from Carrie, Oldsters View’s Official Sign Spotter, that she took at the entrance to a casino. Here’s part of the note that came with it:

“I recently got a note that because I am a “loyal player” at the nearby Mount Airy Casino in Mt. Pocono, PA, I was eligible to come and pick up a free Easter Ham as a reward.  Outside the casino, employees dispensed beautiful 10 lb. spiral hams to the many loyal players who were eligible.   Apparently, many players were not smart enough to pick up their hams on the way out, causing the casino to put up the sign below.  I was so amused I just had to take a picture, assuming it was the only sign of its kind in the world. “


March 29, 2008 Posted by | Odd signs | Comments Off on Sorry, there’s no refrigerator in the coat check room. (Thanks, Carrie.)

See anything unusual about this painting of an elephant?


It was painted by the elephant. Check the video link and watch.

Link to video

March 28, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on See anything unusual about this painting of an elephant?

Crime tip: Hide the loot

downed power lines

West Linn (Oregon) Police officers arrested a Portland man, who claimed to work for Portland General Electric, for stealing downed power lines after construction workers called to report the man’s suspicious mode of transporting the wires.

March 28, 2008 Posted by | Crime, Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Hide the loot

The sky is falling, the sky is falling…really

the Daily Mail

Outback farmer James Stirton’s property consisted of little more than a herd of cattle and a sea of dust – until a curious object from outer space dropped in.

Mr Stirton scratched his head in wonder as he stared at the mangled ball of metal. No one in their senses would drive hundreds of miles across the desert just to dump it in the middle of nowhere. So it must have come from above.

But what was it and how had it got there?

Mr Stirton asked aeronautical experts in Australia and the U.S. But no one could give him a clear-cut answer. So he loaded the object onto his truck and drove it to Charleville, 100 miles from his 120,000-acre property in Queensland. In Charleville it was examined by Mark Rigby, a curator from the Brisbane Planetarium.He declared he had no doubt what it was – a helium or nitrogen tank from a rocket used to blast a U.S. solar satellite into space. Mr Stirton came across the object last November.

March 28, 2008 Posted by | Pictures, Strange | Comments Off on The sky is falling, the sky is falling…really